FSU’s Center for Defense and Homeland Security Forging Strong Ties with Fort Bragg

As the only historically black college and university in the nation to host an organization of its kind, Fayetteville State University (FSU) and its Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CDHS) has an opportunity to uniquely contribute to America’s safety and well being, according to FSU Chancellor James A. Anderson.

Founded in late 2010, CDHS features a remarkable interdisciplinary team – a cross-section of more than 20 FSU professors and researchers, each expert and accomplished within his or her respective field.

CDHS’ mission is to foster education, research and the commercialization of scientific technologies with national laboratories, industry partners, institutions of higher education, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal, state, and local entities in support of the mitigation and recovery of natural and man-made catastrophic disasters.  The center prides itself on the ability of its members to solve big picture problems, often drawing upon several different fields of expertise en route.

“The relationship between educational institutions and the security of this nation has been longstanding,” said Anderson, “but it has been primarily grounded at large research universities.  There haven’t been many small, emerging universities like ours who have stepped forward to fill a niche.”  Training a 21st Century workforce to meet today’s security and disaster-related challenges is one aspect where CDHS can make a difference, Anderson said.

FSU’s strong teacher education program, for instance, is being used to help address serious deficiencies in K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.  Anderson cites more ways CDHS can contribute.

“We have a criminal justice program that’s one of the best in the country,” he said.  “We offer the only U.S. master’s degree in social work that can be earned entirely from a military base.  It’s at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, and it’s something we would like to do at Fort Bragg.”

Anderson said “being right on the doorstep of Fort Bragg, it only makes sense” that FSU maintains strong ties with the military post, something he has strengthened in recent years and which was formalized with the establishment of CDHS.

“FSU offers Fort Bragg and its people many certificate courses and programs designed to fulfill their needs – as well as faculty member research that are of value to the Department of Defense and Defense and Homeland Security,” Anderson said.  “Fort Bragg, in return, offers us the expertise they possess in so many areas.  There is a clear need for a strong relationship between us.”

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR DEFENSE AND HOMELAND SECURITY

Fayetteville State University’s for Defense and Homeland Security is designed to prepare the next generation of national security and disaster preparedness workforce, by addressing issues of compelling interest to the security of the United States.  Through its diverse partnerships with national laboratories, industry partners, institutions of higher education, the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other federal, state, and local entities, CDHS supports the mitigation and recovery of natural and man-made catastrophic disasters within the United States.

FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina.  A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has nearly 6,000 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Curtis Charles, CDHS Executive Director at (910) 672-2006 or at ccharles@uncfsu.edu.